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Justice Richard L. Mays, Sr.

Richard L. Mays, Sr. is the senior and founding partner of Mays, Byrd & Associates, P.A. (Formerly, Mays & Crutcher, P.A.) which was established in 1977. His practice specialties include civil rights, corporate law, public finance, personal injury, government affairs and business law/contracts. Mr. Mays has represented a wide range of clients from municipalities to major corporations.

After graduating from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and business administration, Mr. Mays earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville.

A former justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court and former state legislator, Mr. Mays has become one of the most distinguished legal counselors and business executives in the nation. He began his legal career with the United States Justice Department in Washington, D.C. under the Attorney General Honor Graduate Program and eventually returned to Arkansas to serve as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Pulaski County.

In 1971, Mr. Mays joined the first racially integrated law firm in Arkansas.  For more than seven years, with an active civil rights practice, Mr. Mays brought individual and class action claims, successfully challenging unconstitutional police practices, as well as race, sex and age discriminatory employment practices. In 1972 Mr. Mays was elected to the Arkansas General Assembly becoming one of the first African Americans to be elected to that body in the 20th Century.

While practicing law in the 1980’s, Mr. Mays served as an adjunct law faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. In 1990, Mr. Mays was appointed to the Arkansas Ethics Commission by then Governor Bill Clinton and served as its first chairman. Mr. Mays was a member of the Clinton-Gore national finance committee, during the 1992 presidential campaign and national co-chairman of the clinton-gore Presidential Inauguration Committee in 1992 and 1996.

Mr. Mays has served as a member of the U.S. South African Business Development Committee, as a consultant in West Africa to CMS Energy of Jackson and was a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Judicature Society.

Since 2000, Mr. Mays has served on the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, the Arkansas Banking Board and the Arkansas Claims Commission.